HAGERSTOWN -- More than 400 preservationists are expected to exchange information and ideas Thursday and Friday during the annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference in Hagerstown.
The event will be hosted by Preservation Maryland, the state's oldest historic preservation organization.
Liz Buxton, director of development and communications for Preservation Maryland, said Hagerstown was chosen as the site of this year's conference in part because of the city's commitment to restoring its historic past.
In addition, Preservation Maryland wanted to reach out to the western part of the state after holding conferences primarily to the east in larger cities like Annapolis and Baltimore, she said.
This is the first conference in Hagerstown, Buxton said.
According to a schedule of the conference, participants will have a chance to attend several workshops. Some of the programs that will be offered include Upper Story Strategies for Downtown Revitalization; Bricks and Mortar on South Potomac Street in Hagerstown's Arts and Entertainment District; and African-American Cultural Institutions and Community Partnerships. The workshops will be at the University System of Maryland-Hagerstown.